Sunday 8:00 am Chapel Service & 10:30 am Sanctuary Service
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Theology on Tap!

Join Pastor Trey as he takes us through a journey of all things God. A time of great food, great fellowship, and great fun!
When: Thursday, September 1 @7:00PM
Where: Bandana's BAR-B-Q • 502 IAA Dr. Bloomington, IL

JOY Program

Director of Ministry, Mackenzie Jager, will lead this month's JOY program.
When: Thursday, September 8 • 10:30 AM Fellowship, 11:00 AM Program
Where: F100A

Bring the family for a fun filled weekend of camping, music, food, and God!
$30 fee per family.

Second Pres Fellowship Open

Due to impending rain, the golf outing scheduled for
Sunday, September 11 has been regrettably cancelled.
Questions or to sign up, contact
Dave Pendell: 309-826-8815
or email

Presbyterian Women
FALL Gathering

Celebrating Sabbath:
Accepting God's Gift of Rest and Delight

Open to all Second Pres women.
Dinner will be served. $10 a plate

When: Tuesday, September 13
Where: F100B
Time: 6:00 PM

Call Kim at 309-828-6297 to RSVP
Any questions, please call Teri Parker

Coffee or Tea and Theology

Join Pastor Trey for coffee or tea and theology! This is a new gathering which will take place on the third Thursday of each month. You are encouraged to bring a friend! We’ll see you there!
When: Thursday, September 15
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Denny's Donuts

From the Heritage Archives

Growing Pains: First Church vs Second Church

Story by Jeanie Wendt
With two Presbyterian churches in Bloomington, First Church founded in 1833 and our church in 1855, dissension over membership transfers and policies became apparent.
Session minutes from Jan. 17, 1868, record that some of our members were received “improperly” without letters to First Church. Consequently, on Feb. 5, 1868 our Clerk of Session went to the home of the pastor of First Church and was told he would not share information respecting names of those received. Our Session wrote a “Letter of Remonstrance” to the proceedings of the First Church. They in turn called the letter an “obstacle which, so long as it remains, makes consultation impossible.”
First Presbyterian Church 1933
Second Presbyterian Church 1855
With the unification of Old School and New School into the Presbyterian Church USA in 1870, First and Second Church began an era of cooperation. That same year Rev. Dr. John Dinsmore began his 20-year pastorate while the scars of the Civil War began to fade.
The following are examples of entries from our Session minutes noting significant examples of friendship and cooperation between our two churches.

Feb. 7, 1886 First Church accepts invitation to hold separate worship services in the
church following fire damage to their church.

Mar. 1, 1886 First Church’s Session is invited to share in serving communion.

June 23, 1893 Services are held with First Church during pastor’s vacation.
And from the Pantagraph August 29, 1892
The First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington ceased to exist as a separate congregation in 1964 when it merged with Union Presbyterian forming today’s St. Luke Union Church.
First Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church

Bible Study

Wednesday, July 6 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, July 20 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Contact Bryce Jones for information.